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Sunday, March 18, 2007

I LOVE New York


That's right...I Love New York.

I don't know if it was the vast selection of restaurants that left this gluten-free (*unconventional) vegan girl without a culinary want in the world, or if it was the magnetic lights of Times Square, or the indisguisable smell of city sewer mixed with bustle of pure urban life that literally screamed "Existing in this ethnic melting pot of a city is quite possibly the best existence there is."

I felt at home, and I loved it.

Our room at the Westin located in Times Square definitely helped with this. The fabulous dual-headed shower along with the "Heavenly Bed" managed to assist in the pleasure of resting my tired feet after a long day of walking, shopping and eating.

And speaking of eating...I was able to pick up the 2007 edition of "The Vegan Guide to New York City" which led us to the most interesting and delicious restaurants I have had the pleasure of visiting while on vacation, including, but not limited to "Babycakes" the best gluten-free vegan bakery this side of the Milky Way...

Yummy.

And this place...


...Wild Ginger, had possibly the best "Pan-Asian" vegan cuisine I had ever had...ever.

But enough about food. We took a double-decker bus tour around the city that was awesome, especially since we were able to get out, walk around, and catch the next bus whenever we felt like it.

Here we are at the back of the bus trying so hard to behave ourselves...

...unlike this guy who sought, took and conquered the challenge of riding the Wall Street Bull in the heart of the financial district...

...I love this guy.

OK, I have to get back to the food thing. Being the unconventional sushi-loving vegan that I am we had to spend one night at a local sushi joint enjoying this lovely bowl of sashimi...

...Isn't it fabulous? Don't ask what's up with the Fonzie thumbs...Or the peace sign that seemed to have surfaced in multiple pictures throughout the trip.


I dunno...Whatever.

We did manage to do some cultural things as well, like visit the top of the Empire State Building. The view was spectacular, and although the fierce, cold wind was a little more than I could handle, I managed to wait patiently inside while Josh enjoyed the "audio tour" and froze his ass off.


All-in-all it was a great trip and I can't wait to go back when it's a bit warmer to see all that we missed. Like Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Ground Zero, and so, so much more.


(*An unconventional Vegan is my definition for someone like myself who although stays away from meat, dairy, and eggs can't quite keep herself from enjoying the occasional night at the sushi bar...Mmmmmmm sashimi...)

13 comments:

mysterygirl! said...

Your pictures are great-- love the culinary tour of the city. And seriously, is it possible for you to take a bad picture? You're too darn cute in all of them. :) Glad you had a fun trip!

fireman236 said...

I would have to agree...I justwish they were viewable "full size". :-)

Momentary Academic said...

It looks like you had a great time eating all kinds of lovely food. And yes, all of your pictures are totally cute. I'm so envious.

heather k said...

Isn't NY fabulous?! I'm so glad you got to go. I agree that the food and shopping is just amazing (amazing with endless options). We took that Red Bus tour too - totally the way to go.

If ever you'd like to double-date in NYC, let me know!!!

PS - love your pics. PEEEAACE.

Beth said...

OMG...those pictures are awesome! I've never been to New York.

Hey, do you watch the show, "I Love New York" on VH1? Hate that show.

Nocturnal said...

Good times to say the least and cool pics.

Cheers

LZ Blogger said...

Who DOESN'T love NYC? But really... a fish eating VEGAN? "Un-conventional" is an understatement. Cute pictures from the city though! ~ jb///

Sunfish said...

Glad you guys had fun in NY, I'd love to go there sometime myself. Too bad you didn't get to check out a broadway show, but a food tour is always awesome! Come to WI and you can do the beer, brat, and cheese tour-oh uh, yeah nevermind...

Grad School Reject said...

The trip and the food sound awesome. I need to steal a page from your book of healthy eating...

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

Ooo. Sorry about the anti-vegetarian remarks in my post. I would have edited them out had I known.

Great travel post, BTW.

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abe froman said...

Vegetarian?!
Blasphemous- it's all about the sausage!
come to Chicago- you will change your mind!

flea said...

ooh New York?! i'm totally jealous! and might i add that you look fab in every pic, so not fair as i take horrible pics...love the sunglasses too by the way